I will begin with a little history of the Type 2 bus for those who are unfamiliar with it.
The first generation Type 2 bus (code T1) was available from the 1950s until the 1970s. The most prominent feature of this model was the split front windscreens. It came in many variants and some of them were, just to name a few; panel delivery van (no side windows and rear seats), Samba bus (with skylight windows and cloth sunroof), flat-bed pick-up truck (single and double cab) and Westfalia conversion (with pop-up roof).
The (code T1) Type 2 bus used the same Beetle engine of that time. Generating around 24bhp (snail-like slow) and later it gets a revised higher compression engine running at around 40bhp.
The second generation Type 2 bus (code T2) came out in late 1967 and this model lasted till today. The split windscreens are omitted out for normal one piece windscreens. It is commonly known as the bay window Type 2 bus. It gets a variety of engines generating from 50bhp to 70bhp.
Let’s get back to the new Type 2 story.
The Type 2 bus that is still being manufactured new in Brazil is based on the second generation (code T2) model. Buses (or passenger vans) are a common sight in South American countries and even Mexico was producing the bay-windowed Type 2 bus but they discontinued it several years ago, most probably during the same time when they stopped making the original Beetle.
Realising the popularity of the Type 2 bus in Europe and also the fact that they are manufactured new, Volkswagen Dutch operations decided to bring in these new models from Brazil as they see it as a great opportunity. The Buses are built new in Brazil and then shipped to England where interior parts are fitted. When all of that is ready, they are shipped to the Netherlands for final assembly.
The 2012 Type 2 bus is only offered as a camper version and the interior can be fitted with various options (full air-conditioning, flat screen TV, DVD player, etc.) that a customer wants. The dashboard gets a new makeover with modern updated features. The new bus is available in 20 retro-styled colour schemes. Other external options include wheels, tyres and suspension set-up.
Currently, the 2012 Volkswagen Type 2 bus is available in the Netherlands and can be registered in any EU country. Sadly, what I heard is that they only come in left-hand drive.
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